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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey Jeff here. I am going to buy a new meat grinder to make sausage. I'm looking for at least a one hp. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking to spend $400 or less. There are plenty of new ones on Ebay, but I'm worried about quality more than anything. thanks for the help in advance.

 

post #2 of 16

I bought a Chef's Choice on sale for $350.00. One and a half HP and the thing rocks.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

I checked it out. Does it have a steel auger or a plastic one? Thanks for the input!

 

post #4 of 16

Cabela's has some great grinders. I have one & it's very good.

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Cabela's has some great grinders. I have one & it's very good.



X2!!   >>>>  http://www.cabelas.com/grinders.shtml

 

  Craig

 

post #6 of 16

Same with me, they are well built, tough, and dependable.  And I was a meat man for 30 yrs and know grinders well.  I bought the Cabela's 1 hp; would have bought the 1.5 had it only fit under my cupboards on the counter, lol!  Plus, their customer service is excellent, also!

 

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post #7 of 16

I just received this flyer from NT... You might check it out.. I believe several folks here have this grinder.... I have it... it's noisy but works well... Dave

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200451267_200451267

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great advice!

 

post #9 of 16

I have ran an unreal amount of pounds of deer, buffalo and elk through mine in the last 7 plus years not to mention when it has been borrowed out (and it is on the original belts yet). I'm guessing when I put it together I probably spent around $350 scrounging for good deals on the parts. The only part I have replaced is the power switch, that is the nicest part of putting one of these together... you can also fix it.

Mine is a 3/4 horse motor and a #32 grinder, but other wise I followed the plans I found - [url]http://www.sausagemania.com/grinder.html[/url]

Here is the one I put together -
 

 

 

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Grinder7_big.jpg

 

post #10 of 16

I have ran an unreal amount of pounds of deer, buffalo and elk through mine in the last 7 plus years not to mention when it has been borrowed out (and it is on the original belts yet). I'm guessing when I put it together I probably spent around $350 scrounging for good deals on the parts. The only part I have replaced is the power switch, that is the nicest part of putting one of these together... you can also fix it.

Mine is a 3/4 horse motor and a #32 grinder, but other wise I followed the plans I found - [url]http://www.sausagemania.com/grinder.html[/url]

Here is the one I put together -
 

 

 

Grinder2_big.jpg 394k .jpg file

 

 

cimg2432g.jpg

 

cimg2431n.jpg

 

Grinder5_big.jpg

 

Grinder7_big.jpg

 

Grinder2_big.jpg

post #11 of 16

Nice job on the grinder build!

post #12 of 16

The amazing things we can see on this forum.  Thanks for the pics!

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

That's a great grinder. Size is good and easy to fix if you need too!

 

post #14 of 16

who makes the #32 in the picture???

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by michiganman View Post

who makes the #32 in the picture???



I have no idea of the brand of the grinder, I picked it up off eBay; here is another listing for one right now - http://www.ebay.com/itm/150724507532

 

One thing to make sure of when purchasing a grinder that is for it to have ball bearings and not a bushing if you are setting up the grinder to be motorized and belt/pulley driven. Bushings will wear out quite fast, where the ball bearings in mine are now many years old and showing no signs of wear after grinding at least a few thousand pounds of meat.

post #16 of 16

im surprised you got that much wear out of it,as most of the grinders are made in china .I just sent back my #32 to place i bought it. the Model is from a main company here .It was very poorly made. Has a plastic bushing ,and slop from busing to shaft was 1/16? already.the plates after washing 3 times had major black tarnish color on them. Problem is it gets expensive sending/ buying with shipping cost so high .Glad your grinder is holding out,JIM

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